Ever go to a search engine to find out more about a specific place, such as a street or park or business? Want to see what the area around a historic monument is like? These types of searches are often referred to as location searches because the intent behind them is to find information about … Read more Google and Location Searches
How does a search engine choose whether to show news items in web search results and when not to? If you live in Bealton, Virginia, chances are that you may not be too interested in news of a car crash in Brooklyn, New York, when searching for information about Brooklyn. If you’re from Brooklyn, and … Read more How Search Engines May Use Geography and Population Info in Deciding to Show News in Web Searches
Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a technology that can enable a computer to look at pictures that include text, and translate those visual representations of text into actual text. If you have words within images on your web pages, there’s a good chance that search engines are ignoring those words, when it comes to … Read more Teaching Computers to Read Newspapers: How a Search Engine Might Use OCR to Index Complex Printed Pages
Earlier this month I wrote about a granted Google patent, and a continuation of that patent filed earlier this year, that describe How Google Might Suggest Topics for You to Write About, by providing information to web publishers on queries and topics that are either under-represented in search results or where there’s more demand for … Read more How Demand Media May Target Keywords for Profitability
Interested in what people were saying the day after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008? Or how people reacted on the Web to the Chicago Whitesox winning the World Series in 2005? Or the early news on the Gulf oil spill on April 20, 2010? When you search at Google, you can click on … Read more Google as an Internet Archive?